Correlates of Near-Fatal Deliberate Self-Harm in Qatar: A Retrospective Study of Psychiatric Admissions for Suicidal Behaviors Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Algorithms
  • Aortic Diseases
  • Heart Septum
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Cine


  • © 2019 Hogrefe Publishing. Background: There are few research studies from Arab countries on suicide since many cultural and religious factors influence reporting. Aims: The purpose of this study was to explore the correlates of near-fatal deliberate self-harm in Qatar. Method: The study comprised a retrospective review of documented data of all patients with a suicide attempt admitted to the only Psychiatry Hospital in Qatar over a 12-month period. Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the contributors to near-fatal deliberate self-harm. Results: Out of 165 admissions with self-harm, 47 fulfilled criteria for near-fatal deliberate self-harm. The commonest methods were hanging followed by jumping from a height. Limitations: The retrospective nature of the study meant a lot of valuable data was missing. Also, lethality scales were not used and thus could not be measured. Conclusion: Men over the age of 25 years, widowed or divorced, and/or with psychotic disorder were more likely to engage in near-fatal deliberate self-harm.

publication date

  • January 2019



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1027/0227-5910/a000613